AARP ID NKA Trolley Time - The Streetcar in Idaho, ID 4/13/21

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021
From 10:00am to 11:30am Mountain Time


Contact: AARP ID

This event is full.

Following the Civil War, new technologies created a wave of invention which swept the United States and transformed the life of middle-class Americans. Among the more important developments were the telephone, the phonograph, and the electric light. However, no invention had a greater impact on the American city between the Civil War and World War I than the streetcar. The nation’s first streetcars were introduced in the East and were dependent on horse power. In 1880, Thomas Edison experimented with a half-mile long electrified railroad.  In 1887, Frank Julian Sprague, known as, “The Father of Electric Traction,” successfully devised an electric streetcar system.  Historian Barbara Perry Bauer will discuss the people behind the system, describe its evolution in the Treasure Valley from a Boise streetcar system, to a modern “Interurban” system that provided valley residents with convenient mass transit. Using historic maps, photographs, and ephemera, she’ll describe how the railway system was vital to the development of neighborhoods and communities in Idaho.

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*All classes are listed in Mountain time

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